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Story and Plot: Improving The Read Screenwriting Workshop

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University of Houston - Student Center South

4455 University Dr

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IMPROVING "THE READ" SCREENWRITING WORKSHOP WITH TOM VAUGHAN

It's called, "A good read." It means the screenplay reads quickly, it's a page turner, and was actually enjoyable to read. Most of all, it means the script evoked EMOTION from the reader rather than just giving them information.

When they read the script, they saw the movie on the screen.

It is one of the hallmarks of a talented professional and one the of things that creates "fans" of the writer and gets them noticed.

It's also one of the toughest things to learn about screenwriting. It takes hard work and confidence to find and develop your creative voice and have it jump off the page.

The Improving The Read class addresses this significant stumbling block to new screenwriters. It's the first step to making your scripts convey the emotional experience of actually seeing the film.

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My 7th film, WINCHESTER, starring Helen Mirren and Jason Clarke, is now avaiilable on digital streaming.

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The days of writing a script to be filmed are long gone. Scripts are now meant to be read. They will be read by a dozens of people up the chain before the small miracle of being filmed ever happens.

This class focuses on how to create the best experience for the reader. It is an absolutely vital skill for anyone looking to get more positive reactions to their scripts.

Your spec script is essentially a selling tool, and this class teaches you how to maximize the opportunity someone gives you when they agree to read it.

In this workshop you will learn...

• What narrative momentum is and how to maintain it.
• Why "proper" formating isn't what you think it is and how to use that to your advantage.
• How to win the confidence of the reader so they keep reading even when you might make a mistep.
• Duplicating the same rhythm and tempo of your movie right there on the page.
• How to write for an emotional response from the reader.
• How to help the reader better connect with your characters.
• To make sure the reader doesn't skip the action lines and just go straight to the dialogue.
• How to write the slimmest, trimmest and most effective version of your story.
• To quietly direct the film and control the story without anyone knowing that's what you're doing.

And much more...

A major part of the workshop is taking pages from attendees and adjusting them in class to show how they can be a far more effective read.

You should not let another person read your script until you believe you understand the principles of how to make your script a "good read". This class will show you these basics and beyond.

The workshop will include lectures, examples and even work directly on student's pages IN CLASS.

You will see the dividends immediately. Seriously. Immediately.

The impetus and philosophy of the IMPROVING THE READ can be found in this blog entry HERE.

Story and Plot I: Structure is recommended, but not required. We will spend the first few minutes of the workshop reviewing basic structure concepts.

This Workshop is at:

Email us: info@storyandplot.com

You can find out more about my teaching philosophy in the blog post "On Teaching Screenwriting."

There is lots more at storyandplot.com

FAQs

With all the screenwriting books and teachers out there, what makes you any different and how do we know you are even qualified to teach this?

Fair question. I have been writing professionally for 20 years and teaching for about 10. I love teaching and spend a lot of time thinking about how to do it better. My day job is writing screenplays. While this class is going on my 7th film will be in production down in Australia starring Helen Mirren and Jason Clarke. I have both the experience as a writer and a teacher to create what I think is a very unique and practical approach to feature length storytelling. I would say about 50% of it is just basic principles of storytelling explained in an easy to understand way, 25% is borrowed from great teachers but perhaps refined a bit more, and the last 25% are elements that perhaps only I bring to a classroom. More about me HERE.

Will there be a lunch break?

Yes! About 45 minutes.

Will lunch be served?

No. But there are plenty of dining options at UH. If you have particular dieting needs you are encouraged to bring your own lunch.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

There is a parking structure and a lot close by. Please give yourself plenty of time to get the Student Center South (once called the University Center for us old-timers.)

What can/can't I bring to the event?

Something to help take lots of notes. Pad and paper or laptop is fine. If you are one of those loud typers that really abuse the keyboard, a pad and paper might be better.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

info@storyandplot.com

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